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From signs and symptoms to what to do if your dog's been diagnosed, get the important dog cancer information you need. While too many dogs still get diagnosed with cancer each year, new research and treatments are... Read More

Recently the Veterinary Cancer Center added to their armamentarium in the fight against  cancer with a Strontium-90 superficial probe. A Strontium -90 probe is a radioactive probe that can be placed against a tumor to deliver high doses of radiation.  The benefit of this probe is that it emits very low energy radiation, so the radiation only penetrates 2-4 mm into the patient (about the thickness of two quarters).  This means that for small, superficial tumors we can deliver a very large dose to the tumor and surrounding skin, with little to no risk of long term side effects.  Most patients develop a scab in the area after treatment, which resolves over 4-6 weeks, then the area will remain hairless.  Significant long-term side effects are very rare.

Strontium – 90 probes have been used to treat small superficial tumors, including mast cell tumors in cats, solar induced squamous cell carcinomas in cats, small mast cell tumors in some dogs like pugs.  It may be beneficial in... Read More

Important Updates at The VCC

Dr. Post is now available for appointments on Tuesdays at The VCC in Norwalk!

As of February 3rd, Dr. Post and The Veterinary Cancer Center will no longer be seeing cases at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford, but will instead be seeing cases at our Norwalk facility in order to provide the best possible care to our referring veterinarians , clients and patients.


The Veterinary Cancer Center has over 50 years of combined experience treating animals with cancer. We are always available for any questions you may have about any cancer case.


For the convenience of your clients, The Veterinary Cancer is now open until 9:00 PM every Tuesday, with early morning drop-off appointments starting at 8:00AM available as well!

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As an oncologist, one cancer that I find can be the most satisfying to treat in dogs is lymphoma.  Most dogs with lymphoma will go into remission after only a few treatments and they will often stay in remission for months.  During this time, aside from having to come to see the oncologist for treatment, their quality of life is often very good.  Once they get into remission owners often report that they are running, playing or just living their normal life as if they never had cancer.

Unfortunately, almost all of these pets will eventually come out of remission and succumb to their disease.  In the past twenty years there has been little to no improvement in the remission and survival times with chemotherapy alone.

That is one reason why it is exciting to be able to use half body radiation in addition to chemotherapy in dogs.  With this protocol, dogs are first treated with chemotherapy to get them into remission and this is followed by two treatments of half body... Read More

The Veterinary Cancer Center and Adopt-A-Dog Inc., in conjunction with the Greenwich Emergency Medical Service, introduces a public seminar for pet first aid and disaster readiness. Be prepared for the next hurricane, winter storm or days without power for your four legged companions! Come learn the best practices and be prepared for your pet in a case of an emergency. You must register to attend so please email your name, email address and contact number of all people attending and send to or call us directly to at 203-838-6626.

Seminar held on Jan. 15:                       

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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At the 2013 ACVR meeting in October in Savannah, Georgia, our radiation oncologist/medical oncologist Dr. John Farrelly was named as an associate editor for the journal, Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound.  This journal serves as one of the most influential sources of information for primary research on the use of radiation therapy for treating cancer as well as diagnostic imaging in all animals.  This volunteer position is a new one, which was created to ensure that the journal continues to focus on publishing the most relevant and important studies on the treatment of pets with radiation.

When asked about this position, Dr. Farrelly commented, “As the associate editor for Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound my hope is that I will be able to help select studies for the journal that will provide the highest level of knowledge on how we should diagnose and treat cancer in animals.”

“Working at the Veterinary Cancer Center not only allows me to provide cutting edge... Read More

Sincere thanks to our competing veterinary hospital teams for making the 1st Annual VetOlympics a success!

The efforts of all our Connecticut and New York teams allowed us to raise needed funds for Animal Cancer Foundation’s efforts to cure pet & human cancer.

Opening ceremonies included remarks by lead sponsors Bank of America.  Costumed teams then took the field in games of physical and mental challenge to decide who would be crowned “The Greatest Veterinary Hospital in the World.”  Each teams showed agility, strength, and spirit as they battled for points in team building events like “The Stream Crossing”, “The Human Knot”, “The White Lie”, “Minute to Win It”, and “Puzzle”.

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Owners of dogs with lymphoma should check with their family veterinarian to determine if their dog’s disease meets the requirements for the clinical trial of the vaccine. Florida-based Veterinary Oncology Services, in conjunction with leading biotechnology firm, Morphogenesis Inc., developed the cancer vaccine.

To learn more about the eligibility click here...

To read the press release click here...


Have you ever been told you look just like your favorite pet?  The similarity is more than just skin deep; recent studies comparing genetic similarities between dogs and people are demonstrating that we look a lot like our pets on the inside as well, sharing genetic pathways for developing disease.  In a study published recently in Oncogene, researchers at the University of Georgia and the National Cancer Institute/NIH showed that the genes involved in colorectal cancers “look” similar in both dogs and people, highlighting that the study of canine cancer enhances the development of novel treatment therapies for all.

The study is one of the first reports looking not only at genes as a whole, but more specifically at comparison of driver and passenger genes to determine if they behave similarly in human and canine cancer. This novel approach builds upon the knowledge of both the dog and human genome-both of which have been previously sequenced.  Researchers know that... Read More

Veterinarians and their staff work hard, but seldom get the opportunity to socialize with other hospitals except at educational events. This lost opportunity robs us of the chance to come together to collaborate and share ideas. We, as a community, should form more meaningful bonds and friendships.  Studies show that businesses that work to collaborate rather than compete fair far better than those that don’t. These type of social events also create a happier work place.

These are some of the reasons why The Veterinary Cancer Center, with the support of our premier sponsor Bank of America, will be hosting a wine and beer tasting event during the first annual OktoberVets on October 24, 2013 - from 6-8:30PM!

This social event is for veterinarians and their support staff only and will benefit the Riedel & Cody Fund ( Read More